Rebecca Caine may have been in a couple of musicals you’ve heard of before, but my introduction to her was through Tête à Tête’s inspired take on Salad Days at the old Riverside Studios in Hammersmith, recollections of which below. She’s also one of the more entertaining people to follow on Twitter, just don’t mention anyone called Jonas…
“Salad Days! Such a lovely production. I used to love pulling people out to dance with, some would dance me off my feet, as a Don in the pre show, seating Cameron Mackintosh, calling him Mackintosh Minor and telling him to pull his socks up and watching the happiness of the audience at the end when they were just happy to be silly on a sunny day in 1954 Hyde Park.”
Where were you 10 years ago?
Teaching at Trinity Laban and singing a lot of concerts, I think.
Best show you’ve seen in the last 10 years?
I adored An American in Paris.
What has been your professional highlight of the last 10 years?
Finally singing Barber’s Knoxville.
Top flavour of interval ice-cream?
I refuse to remortgage my home and I prefer to keep my bella figura.
What show do you wish theatres would give a rest for a few years?
Name someone who you think is a really under-appreciated talent (in the world of theatre)?
She’s not under appreciated because she never stops working but she should be a mega star –Anna-Jane Casey.
Elphaba or Glinda?
Glinda, obviously, I prefer a low larynx.
What is one thing that you think would help theatre survive and/or thrive the next ten years?
Lower ticket prices. All I could see was old white people at Hamilton. I’m not sure why we are approaching Broadway prices and yet the actors’ salaries in London are far lower. It’s pure greed.
Which is your favourite theatre?
Is it the Matcham theatre in Buxton or Belfast that has the Indian theme and the boxes are elephants heads? It’s a draw between that and the tiny Georgian one in Margate. Full of ghosts.
Can you say anything about what’s to come for you, (in the next ten years or otherwise)?
What am I, Mystic Meg? As James Mason once said- there’s a lot to be done in the garden.
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